Cuban: Ilgauskas going back to Cleveland

DALLAS -- The Zydrunas Ilgauskas sweepstakes is becoming theater of the absurd. While his agent, Herb Rudoy, has yet to publicly stamp Ilgauskas' return to his former team, Mavericks owner Mark Cuban believes the 7-foot-3 center is headed nowhere else.

He's going back to Cleveland, Cuban said is the general consensus prior to Dallas' home game against New Orleans.

Earlier in the day, ESPN.com's Marc Stein reported that Rudoy had informed the Mavs, who have interested in the big man with Erick Dampier out indefinitely with a dislocated finger, that Ilgauskas would wait out the mandatory 30 days and re-sign with the Cavs.

Denver coach George Karl told reporters before the Nuggets played the Lakers that he hadn't given up hope on signing Ilgauskas. The Atlanta Hawks as well as several other teams have shown interest in the 12th-year center.